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Garry Williams

Dean of Arts Conservatories

A Dallas native and proud Booker T. Washington graduate, Garry Williams is an artist and arts educator with over 20 years of experience in education. Serving as a teacher, advocate, and administrator, he has worked diligently to ensure that scholars and teachers have meaningful opportunities that promote excellence in the arts and academics.

As a Director of Fine Arts, Garry has worked with all performing and visual arts disciplines from PreK through 12th grade. This included the development of a cohesive vertical pipeline for instruction in visual arts, piano, dance, theater, and vocal music. He illuminated the importance of educational exposure experiences by partnering with arts organizations and supporters, such as, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and North Park Center. He also served as an executive producer for the district’s annual fine arts production, held at both the Meyerson Symphony Center and the historic Majestic Theater, which showcased the talents of 300+ scholars.

Additionally, he enjoys being a part of the arts community and continuing to perform as an artist. He has had the pleasure of collaborating with Uptown Players, Soul Rep Theatre, and Sammons Center for the Arts, along with an upcoming collaborative engagement with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and The Black Academy of Arts and Letters.

Garry obtained a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas. He is humbled and elated to have the opportunity to return to Booker T. and serve alongside a creative and passionate group of artists, educators, and scholars.

garwilliams@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1211 | Room 165d

 


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Cherie Countryman

Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

BTWHSPVA is excited to introduce our new Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, Cherie A. Rivero Countryman!  Mrs. Countryman is a model of what it means to be a scholar artist as both a performing artist and a teacher leader. 

Mrs. Countryman is excited to transition into her new administrative role after teaching at Booker T. for the past ten years. During this time, she has served our students as Director of the Academic Conservatory and Social Studies Department Chair. She has encouraged our students to cultivate diversity and transform society while teaching all of the social studies including AP United States History, Government, Economics, Mexican American Studies, African American Studies, World History, and World Geography. 

Among her many initiatives, Mrs. Countryman took the lead in the development of the now robust Flex curriculum which has become a district-wide example of an integrated social emotional learning teacher-student mentoring program. She’s also an active member of the Crossroads Cohort, a group of teachers on campus who meet monthly to discuss inequities in the student body and in our society at large. In the 2019-2020 school year, Mrs. Countryman was a last-round finalist for Dallas ISD’s Teacher of the Year and was recognized for the phenomenal work she does each and every day on our campus. 

Earlier this month, Mrs. Countryman completed her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas at Dallas through Dallas ISD’s LEAD program and is ready to transition into her new leadership role. She also studied Radio, Television, and Film for her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and has a Masters in Mass Communication from Texas State University-San Marcos.  

When she is not at school, Mrs. Countryman can be found singing with Absolute Entertainment DFW cover bands or spending time with friends and family, including her four adorable children: Charlize, Chelsie, CJ, and Connor (aka the “Countrykids”). She believes that arts education is essential in creating a better society and is excited to make an even bigger difference in students' lives.  

ccountryman@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1274 | Room 165e


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Dr. Cedric Barrett

Dean of Operations

Cedric Barrett is a native of Dallas, Texas and a product of the Dallas Independent School District. Dr. Barrett is a former elementary and middle school band director. He has served as an administrator in Dallas ISD & Athens ISD.

Cedric is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and Soul Rydaz Motorcycle Riding Club where he provides community service throughout the Dallas Metroplex. Each year he participates in the Wynnewood Fellowship Church toy drive and feeding the homeless.

He is a musician who enjoys playing a variety of instruments and currently serves as the Minister of Music at Wynnewood Fellowship Church. He and his family reside in Garland and in his spare time he enjoys sports and riding motorcycles. Cedric Barrett is very passionate about education and the academic achievement of all students. He looks forward to working with the staff, students, parents and community.

cebarrett@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1222 | Room 165b


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Sharon Cornell

PR Specialist/Magnet Coordinator

Sharon Holland Modabberi Cornell was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she attended Dallas I.S.D. schools graduating with a concentration in dance from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA) formerly known as the Arts Magnet.

After high school she graduated from the University of Texas, Arlington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications. Now she is the Magnet Coordinator/Public Relations Specialist at BTWHSPVA. In that position she regularly coordinates communications with television and print media personnel and the school, writes news releases, oversees the application process and directs the annual Senior Showcase.

She has over 25 years of experience in public relations and has been a guest speaker at events in the U.S., the U.K. and Bermuda. Sharon is a member of many community and arts boards in the Dallas area. In 2019, she was awarded the Revolutionary Award from the Arts Magnet Advisory Board for outstanding contributions to the arts. Her family has a deep educational and community history in Dallas with a school named after her grandfather. She is married and has three adult children and two stepchildren that all graduated from BTWHSPVA.

smodabberi@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1227 | Room 210


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Cathy Vernon

Coordinator of Campus Activities / Testing Coordinator

I began my career at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts in August, 2009, as the Activities Coordinator. Prior to that, I spent 13 years at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas and 2 years at Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas.

I have a Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences from the University of North Texas, with a degree in Occupational Training & Development. My certifications are in CATE, Technology Applications, and Health.

I have also completed over 25 hours of graduate studies in Education Administration. In addition to being the campus Activities Coordinator, I am also the Yearbook Advisor and Student Council Advisor.

cvernon@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1238 | Room 106


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Ben Doan-Stevens

Production Coordinator

Ben's love for the Arts began in high school where he was active in theatre, choir and dance. Since then, Ben has led a varied life which includes being a runner-up national debate champion, managing a Burger King, starting a non-profit theatre in Albuquerque and 11 years as high school theatre teacher in Mesquite, McKinney and Highland Park.

Ben is married and has two fur babies; Henry and Lily. Ben is a singing member with the Turtle Creek Chorale and stage manages their main stage concert series.

bdoanstevens@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1219 | Room 048